Sonia Gandhi's Significant Impact in DK Shivakumar's Acceptance of the No. 2 Position
New Delhi: After much thought, reports suggest that former party president Sonia Gandhi persuaded DK Shivakumar, the head of the Karnataka Congress, to accept the position of Deputy Chief Minister.
Siddaraiamah has been chosen by the senior brass of the Congress, and Mr. Shivakumar will serve as his deputy.
Sonia Gandhi called with Mr. Shivakumar late last night to break the impasse; Mr. Shivakumar had been adamant in his desire for the Chief Minister position.
According to people close to Mr. Shivakumar, he chose to make the "sacrifice" and accept the position of Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka in order to advance the party.
"We let the top command make that decision. The party's interests take precedence over personal interests. I must respect the decision of the high command "Later, Mr. Shivakumar revealed to NDTV in a private conversation.
"That is a decision. We'll all be debating in court. In the end, what the judge said must be accepted "said he.
The idea of Mr. Siddaramaiah serving a second term as prime minister, who apparently enjoys the support of the majority of MLAs, had been difficult for the Congress to convince Mr. Shivakumar to support.
Yesterday, Mr. Shivakumar and Mr. Siddaramaiah met with Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge, Rahul Gandhi, and Party General Secretary KC Venugopal to discuss their candidatures for the position of Chief Minister.
Congressman Randeep Singh Surjewala told the journalists in front of Mr. Kharge's home that it might take an additional 48 hours to make a decision and an additional 24 hours to announce the cabinet.
Mr. Shivakumar accepted the number 2 position after speaking with Ms. Gandhi late last night, according to sources.
All interested parties are expected to attend the oath-taking ceremony, which is set for Saturday. According to sources, the power-sharing structure is being adjusted.
While Mr. Siddaramaiah is regarded as a leader with widespread popularity and served a full term in 2018, Mr. Shivakumar is renowned for his great organisational skills, is resourceful, and serves as Congress' go-to person in trying situations.
After the Congress's coalition government with HD Kumaraswamy's Janata Dal Secular had failed due to a widespread party transfer by MLAs, Mr. Shivakumar had been pressing on the top position and emphasising his work over the last four years. But, he added that he would not use "blackmail."
He claimed to have promised to deliver Karnataka to the Gandhis and Mallikarjun Kharge.
"I received a message from Sonia Gandhi saying, "I have faith in you that you would deliver Karnataka." As I sit here, I'm taking care of my usual duties. You ought to show some basic decency and gratitude. They ought to be polite enough to thank those who contributed to the victory "He previously revealed this to NDTV in an exclusive interview.
According to an NDTV poll conducted during the election campaign, Siddaramaiah was the front-runner to become the next chief minister of Karnataka.
HD Kumaraswamy's Janata Dal-Secular won 19 seats, while the BJP took home 66 seats.
At the 224-member assembly's elections last week, the Congress easily secured the majority with 135 seats.
HD Kumaraswamy's Janata Dal Secular won 19 seats with a vote share of 13.29 percent, while the BJP won 66 seats with a vote share of 36 percent.